In the third part of this weekly series highlighting the latest sports venue developments from across the Asia Pacific region, we highlight Kai Tak Stadium in Hong Kong and the Greater Noida Cricket Stadium at Jaypee Sports City in India.
Kai Tak Stadium
Kai Tak Stadium is a multi-purpose sports stadium to be built at the site of Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, Hong Kong, which will feature a retractable roof and be used for international sporting and entertainment events.
AECOM was engaged by the Civil Engineering and Development Department of HKSAR to undertake the Kai Tak Development project in early 2007. And the Finance Committee of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has already approved HK$62.7m (US$8.1m) in pre-construction funds.
In addition to the 50,000-capacity stadium, the complex will also include office, commercial and retail space, and public recreation, as well as a smaller sports ground (5,000-capacity) and a 4,000-capacity indoor arena.
The project is said to come with a HK$23bn price tag and is slated to open in 2020.
Greater Noida Cricket Stadium at Jaypee Sports City
Jaypee Sports City, located on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida, NCR, is India’s first planned city developed and aimed for sports. It’s 2,500 acres of area comprises various sports venues, including an international standard cricket stadium, a hockey stadium and the Buddh International Circuit, which hosted India’s first F1 race in 2011.
Greater Noida Cricket Stadium is due for completion in 2016 and will intially seat 40,000 spectators, but this will gradually be increased to 100,000. The Cricket Stadium will be given a face-lift similar to Lord’s Cricket Ground and will conform to all the norms and specifications as laid down by the ICC, with associated amenities like media and corporate boxes, medical facilities, merchandise stores, a food court, an information kiosk and many others.
The Sports City will also feature a hockey stadium with a sports training academy and infrastructure for other sports.
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